Stanton goes on to make the claim that “a Hobbit is a clod with a hero asleep inside him” (125), implying that when hobbits are in their natural environment, they are satisfied with the normalcy of daily life but when faced with extraordinary circumstances, they rise to the occasion.At the Council of Elrond, the High Elf comments on the important role hobbits have been playing behind the scenes and now it is time for them to step forth, determining that “This is the hour of the Shire-folk, when they arise from their quiet fields to shake the towers and counsels of the Great” (Tolkien 174).
Yates asserts that this is done by creating heroes out of “an ordinary individual facing extraordinary pressures.” Tolkien seems to have mastered the fine balance between having characters of nobility who rise to the occasion but also gives them humility and makes them relatable to the reader.
Most of the main characters in Middle-Earth could be considered epic heroes, since they are involved in a situation where the fate of the world rests on their shoulders.
The strategy lies in the fact that enemies would not be expecting a hobbit since they are “Small, insignificant, unlikely;” plus the hobbits have already proved themselves worthy since they managed to make it to Rivendell without falling completely to pieces (Stanton 39)., four more hobbits are brought into the limelight: Merry, Pippin, Frodo, and Sam.
All four hobbits have their shining moments and become dear to the hearts of readers for their own individual purposes.
The epic hero qualities are highly evident in the book versions of the human characters of Aragorn and Boromir, but the film adaptations of the series presents an Aragorn with more doubt and self-angst that categorizes him as a Romantic hero while Boromir’s greed for the power of the ring makes him a tragic hero, which results in his downfall.
, manages to redeem his race from this and becomes somewhat of a sidekick hero who provides assistance and accepts being more of a follower (“Types of Heroes”). He mostly serves as the elf representative amongst the members of the fellowship and to bridge the animosity that exists between dwarves and elves.
This is evident enough in the way Sam says “if I take one more step, it’ll be the farthest away from home I’ve ever been” in the film, and why he is so amazed at the sight of an elephant, which has always been just a rumor referred to as an “oliphaunt” in a poem (“Oliphaunts”).
Readers must be aware that while hobbits have limited information about their world, they are not limited in curiosity when it comes time to explore that world nor are they limited in the ability to summon bravery to accomplish tasks when needed.
This is certainly the case in The trilogy has many characters and a narrative that splits to follow the separate parts of a single journey, making the identity of the main protagonist or focal character a bit ambiguous at times.
Tolkien offers a fellowship of nine members with varying characteristics and qualities, even of different races, on the mission to destroy the ring.